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Jordanian Dies from Syrian Sniper Fire

A Jordanian died of his wounds on Sunday after he was hit by sniper fire last week in the Syrian city of Homs, a hotbed of that county's anti-regime revolt.

"Tareq Mohammed al-Khaldi, 20, died today in King Abdullah I hospital," near the northern city of Irbid, Jordan's state-run Petra news agency reported.

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Portugal, Mexico Advance to U20 World Cup Semis

Portugal advanced to the semi-finals of the U20 World Cup with a dramatic 5-4 penalty shootout victory over favorites Argentina as Mexico also booked their berth by beating hosts Colombia 3-1.

In a tie with few real chances on goal and a scoreline 0-0 after 120 minutes in Cartagena the Portuguese came back from a 3-1 penalty deficit to send Argentina crashing out of the competition they have won six times.

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Soros Suggests Greece, Portugal Quit Euro-Zone

George Soros, the U.S. speculator turned billionaire philanthropist, has suggested both Greece and Portugal quit the European Union and the euro-zone because of their massive debts.

"One has so mishandled the Greek problem that the best way forward at present might be an orderly exit" with Greece leaving both the EU and the euro common currency, he said in an interview published Sunday by the German magazine Spiegel.

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Now You Can Eat Angry Birds!

Now not only are Angry Birds available on your mobile phone, they can also be found on your dining plate -- in the form of the Angry Birds mooncake, unveiled in Hong Kong on Sunday.

The popular mobile game, which was first launched for Apple's mobile operating system in 2009, features cartoonish, wingless birds that the player must slingshot into enemy pig territory to reclaim stolen eggs.

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Cameron in Row over 'Zero Tolerance' Strategy

British Prime Minister David Cameron pledged a "zero tolerance" crackdown on gangs after recent riots, despite a deepening row with police chiefs over plans for a U.S. "supercop" to advise the government.

Top British police officers criticized Cameron's move to hire ex-New York police chief Bill Bratton to help prevent a repeat of the violence in which five people died, saying a homegrown model of policing was needed instead.

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China Army Chief on 'Historic' Visit to Israel

China's chief of staff General Chen Bingde on Sunday met his Israeli counterpart General Benny Gantz and Defense Minister Ehud Barak in Tel Aviv, the ministry said in a statement.

"The defense minister and the Chinese chief of staff discussed the situation in the region, relations with the Palestinian Authority and the situation in Pakistan and Iran, as well as the fight against global terrorism," it said without elaborating.

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Gulf Markets Open Positive, Except Saudi

Stock markets in the Gulf, except Saudi Arabia, opened up on Sunday after a volatile week trailing the behavior of global markets hit by uncertainty over European and U.S. economic woes.

The Dubai Financial Market index continued its rise on Sunday after returning to the green in the latter part of last week.

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Malnutrition Ravaging Somali Refugees in Ethiopia

Mohamed Ibrahim fled to Ethiopia to seek relief from a harsh drought devastating his country Somalia, but misery stalked him in refuge where malnutrition recently killed his one-year-old son.

The desperate exodus by tens of thousands of Somalis to find assistance across borders has taken them to refugee settlements, where spartan living conditions, congestion and threat of disease are making survival difficult.

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As Libya Conflict Drags On, NATO Keen on Way out of Impasse

Six months after the start of the conflict in Libya, NATO believes that the resistance of Moammar Gadhafi's regime can be overcome and rebels finally get the upper hand.

U.N. Security Council Resolution 1973 authorized the Atlantic Alliance in March to defend Libya's civilian population from attacks by Gadhafi’s regime, which faces a popular revolt after 42 years in power.

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N. Korea Slams South Over Game Site Hacking Claims

North Korea on Sunday lashed out at South Korea for accusing Pyongyang of hacking Seoul online game sites and stealing prize money, rejecting the allegations as an "unacceptable provocation."

Seoul police said earlier this month they had busted a criminal gang which hired some 30 elite North Korean computer hackers to break into online game sites and steal prize points worth 6.4 billion won ($5.9 million).

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